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Highly Influential Quotes From The Best Books

  • April 21, 2015

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” – Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space – Carl Sagan

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“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” – A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

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“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

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“He soon felt that the fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected. This fulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires.” – Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.” – The Writing Life – Annie Dillard

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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul – Douglas Adams

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“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.” – Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare

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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Dune – Frank Herbert

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

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“Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity. For the crowd believes that if it cannot see to the bottom of something it must be profound. It is so timid and dislikes going into the water.” – Friedrich Nietzsche – The Gay Science

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25 Comments on Highly Influential Quotes From The Best Books

  • Meldred Judith says:
    February 1, 2020 at 5:16 AM

    These quotes are mind blowing. They are carefully taken out.

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  • miakayuuki2012 says:
    January 31, 2020 at 10:28 PM

    We get the love we think we deserve??? That is the way it should be but sadly it is not always the case on the contrary what we wish is nothing like what we have now. Most of the time that is. Good thought though.

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  • Glad says:
    January 31, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Wow, all these quotes are really mind boggling. Quotes like these make you reflect on life itself and probably makes necessary changes if need be.

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  • Segun OGUNYEMI says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    These are highly inspiring quotes. Tom, nice research you’ve gat there…keep it up

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  • Sylvia says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    “We accept the love we think we deserve.” That has to be the best quote in the list.

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  • Storm says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Most of my favorite writers are in this list. I think we have very similar tastes in books Tom 🙂

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  • Anderson says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    I am in love with William Shakespeare’s quote about cowards. Thanks a ton for this great collection of quotes.

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  • Shantel says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    The quote from The Hobbit is very funny. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” Hahaha

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  • Louis says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Some of the very best quotes all in one convenient post. I can’t thank you enough for this!

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  • Teddy says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Carl Sagan’s words always strike a chord with me. He was such an intellectual.

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  • Oyeyipo Oladele says:
    January 31, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Whaooo, this nothing buy truth. I love this post.

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  • Daphne says:
    January 31, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    The quote from Douglas Adams’ book really touches me. It can make a good mantra to live by.

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  • Oliver says:
    January 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    I’m glad you included a quote from The Hobbit. That’s my all time favorite book!

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  • Patricia says:
    January 31, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    ‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’ That’s a very powerful one.

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  • Meg W says:
    January 31, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Thanks for sharing this collection of inspiring quotes. I must also say that you have a great taste in books.

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  • Roy says:
    January 31, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    The Game Of Thrones quote really caught my eye. It’s the perfect definition of what true bravery is.

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  • Maury Cheskes says:
    January 31, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    Brilliant pieces of literature. Thanks for taking the time in finding them. I love how they touch on the vastness of the universe, heroism and cowardice and self-desire. Very reflective and interesting outlooks.

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  • Danielle M says:
    January 31, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    I love George R.R. Martin’s quote. Braveness must be proved when the fear start to grow in your chest.

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  • brainedet says:
    January 31, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Words on marble How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. This is a perfect description of me.

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  • Mark Janeo says:
    January 31, 2020 at 8:51 AM

    They move something in our brains. They are quotes that keep you considering how the author thought. Great post, very inspiring.

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  • jolly555 says:
    January 31, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    This quote got my eyes, we accept the love we believe we deserve absolutely true. We can’t receive more than we anticipated.

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  • Prince says:
    January 31, 2020 at 6:39 AM

    It’s either earth or no other place. Though lots of planet out there but the earth still remain the one that harbour our excesses. Let embrace each other and appreciate nature. Lovely quote, cant choose one, loved all

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  • iamdahmmy says:
    January 31, 2020 at 4:33 AM

    This earth which of course is a dot is our home and we can’t migrate to another planet..we need to protect it and treat each other better..I love the first quote,though lengthy but full of wisdom…nice quotes tom…keep posting stuffs like this

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  • Wilson Jake says:
    January 31, 2020 at 4:29 AM

    Definitely fear is a mind killer, no one can grow unless he grows above his fears. Wow, lots of inspiring quotes here.

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  • David Mureithi says:
    January 31, 2020 at 4:21 AM

    they inspire something in our minds. They are quotes that keep you thinking how the writer thought.

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